Eating seafood could be one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated ways of elevating your testosterone levels.
Plenty of men today obsess over testosterone. Now that we understand that testosterone is the key to what makes men, well, men, guys spend a lot of time thinking about how to get more of it. This has of course led to a steep rise in the number of people using anabolic steroids. What effect this will have on the population’s health in the future is not known. But we know that it probably isn’t going to be positive!
For the vast majority of people, however, steroids are not an option. Too many health risks, too expensive, illegality, etc. Instead, they try to naturally elevate their own testosterone production.
There are hundreds of articles out there on naturally raising testosterone levels. They cover a practically unlimited number of weird and wonderful ways that you can manipulate your own endogenous testosterone regulation to bring about a dramatic increase in free serum test levels.
Yet one method rarely mentioned is the consumption of seafood.
We think that eating seafood – particularly oysters, crab, and lobster – could have a very reliable and sizeable effect on your free serum testosterone levels.
Zinc. It’s all due to zinc.
Zinc & Testosterone
Zinc supplementation is perhaps one of the most reliable and predictable ways to increase testosterone for the average man.
Zinc supplementation has been subjected to several rigorous, robust studies, and it has repeatedly been found to rapidly elevate test levels in men.
For example, this trial found that zinc supplementation led to a sizeable increase in free serum test levels in older men with very minor zinc deficiency. This correlation between zinc deficiency and lower relative testosterone levels has been observed on numerous occasions now, and we are certain that zinc plays a substantial role in the regulation of testosterone synthesis.
Other studies have found that zinc is able to preserve androgenic sex hormone levels when subjects are subjected to intense exercise (when we would expect testosterone levels to drop, as well as other androgens). For instance, this study found that subjects subjected to intense cycling experienced a serious drop in test levels, but when they were given zinc, the drops didn’t happen.
That’s pretty incredible stuff.
We think it’s incredible that these findings don’t get talked about more. They have been replicated across plenty of other studies, and different trials have turned up other results that show a similar effect in different contexts.
For anyone interested in maximizing their muscle and strength gains, it looks like zinc is the perfect supplement. The biggest hurdle for most people when it comes to getting bigger and stronger is training frequency and recovery – they get worn down by constant, intense weight training, and their recovery suffers.
Zinc could keep you in a nice anabolic state for months on end, allowing you to make better gains over the long-term.
What’s more, it doesn’t seem to cause any side effects whatsoever, even in fairly sizeable doses.
That’s all well and good, but where does seafood come in?
Seafood & Zinc
Seafood is, in our opinion, the best dietary source of zinc.
For starters, oysters provide the biggest dose of zinc per 100g of any food. Each 3oz. serving of zinc gives you 500% of your RDI of zinc.
The next most potent source of zinc is roast beef. However, with beef comes the negative health effects; higher risk of colon cancer, heart disease, and so on. Seafood doesn’t have any of these associated health effects.
Quite the contrary; seafood is generally highly nutritious, packed full of vitamins and other minerals, low in saturated fat, and full of Omega-3 fatty acids. Foods like prawns are actually relatively high in cholesterol. However, the presence of enormous amounts of Omega-3 fattys acids will go some way to mitigating the negative effects of the cholesterol from seafood.
When we compare beef brisket with, say, crab, the most healthful choice is obvious.
3oz. of crab and 3oz. of beef provide about 50% of your RDI of zinc. However, one delivers it in a package of cholesterol, saturated fat, hormones, antibiotics, and who knows what else?! The other delivers it in a package of niacin, Vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, copper, and a HUGE amount of Omega-3 fats (whereas beef provides none).
In our opinion, swapping out meats like beef and pork for seafood is a great way to still get plenty of protein, B12 and zinc without getting the worst things that come with meat consumption.